Second Cup: Chely Wright

Country music star Chely Wright joins our Second Cup Caf chely.com

Chely Wright has been around for well over a decade, but the country music star is reintroducing herself.

She is best known for her No. 1 hit in 1999, "Single White Female," but earlier this month the singer-songwriter made headlines marking the first time in history that an award-winning country singer has publicy come out as a homosexual.

After the release of her new memoir, "Like Me," Wright is talking for the first time about what she calls "her truth."

In her book, she speaks candidly about praying to God three times a day to keep her from "sinning," hitting such a dark place in her life where she stood in her house with a gun in her mouth, her relationship with country star Brad Paisley, details of her childhood and being a country music artist.

Five years in the making, she released her seventh album, "Lifted Off the Ground." She stopped by "The Early Show on Saturday Morning"'s "Second Cup Cafe" to perform, "Broken," a song off her brand new album and reprise her classic, "Single White Female."

In fear of discrimination from the country music community, Wright didn't reveal that she was a lesbian to anyone.

"I hid everything for my music," Wright told People magazine. "There had never, ever been a country music artist who had acknowledged his or her homosexuality. I wasn't going to be the first."

But once she decided to be true to herself Wright felt liberated.

"Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out," she said.

Wright was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2001. In 1995, the Academy of Country Music named her the Top New Female Vocalist.
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